Archie Mae Is A Teague Treasure
Archie Mae Brooke
Mrs. Archie Mae Brooke will be 87 years old in 2013, on August 20th. She has done approximately 12,480 hours of volunteer work since she retired from the Mexia State School. This doesn?t count the hours that she put in when she worked 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in her position as Senior Citizen Center manager. She has received numerous volunteer pins from the Heart Of Texas RSVP Board and is a treasure to the Teague Community.
Archie Mae Smith Brooke was born in 1926 and attended Teague High School with the class of 1944. Later she attended Navrarro College. She married Burley Brooke, Jr. in 1944 and they had one child, Roger Brooke. Roger is a Constable for Precinct #4 in Teague, and is married to Vonda Bass Brooke. Archie has 2 grandchildren. Mr. Burley Brooke passed away in 1994.
Before the City of Teague took over the expenses of the Over 55 Center, Mrs. Brooke and others had to get money for utilities and expenses of the Center by fundraising. She spent many many hours raising money to keep the doors open. She also has helped the Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Rotary, Methodist Men?s Club, NAACP, Teague Library, etc., either by cooking, cleaning up, serving, opening up the Center and getting it ready for all their activities and many fundraisers, most times without pay. She was a Hurricane Katrina and Rita volunteer and began the breakfast club that became the Thursday Morning Breakfast Club to be a fundraising organization for local needs.
Even with her advancing age and limitations she came in at the Senior Citizens Center at 7:30 in the morning (she didn?t have to be there until 9 a.m.) to get things started and make coffee for everyone before they would show up.
Everything she has contributed to the Teague Community is not listed here but her caring nature is legendary in Teague. She is a faithful member of Eighth Avenue Baptist Church. The City of Teague held an Archie Mae Brooke Day on October 29, 2005, because of her dedication to the community.